Nikkei Asian Review: India’s housewife-entrepreneurs turn a profit from social media

Nikkei Asian Review: India’s housewife-entrepreneurs turn a profit from social media. “Shravanti Chanda, a 31-year-old Hyderabad woman who quit her information technology job after she married, is one of many housewives across India earning money at the intersection of e-commerce and social networks. Shravanti discovered Indian social commerce site Meesho a few months ago and now makes $150 a month reselling goods for a markup that she decides.”

A casualty of the US government shutdown: American embassy Twitter, other social media accounts (American Bazaar)

The American Bazaar: A casualty of the US government shutdown: American embassy Twitter, other social media accounts. “If you follow the Twitter handles of the US Embassy and the country’s four consulates in India and have missed seeing any new tweets from them on your timeline, do not think that the missions are still on an extended holiday mode.”

The Quint: This Govt-Owned Search Website Fetches Data from ‘Sarkari’ Portals

The Quint: This Govt-Owned Search Website Fetches Data from ‘Sarkari’ Portals. Government of India. I think in this case Sarkari means “official,” so it’s a search for official government information. “Currently, most of your online searches are directed towards Google which is universally known to fetch information on anything and everything you’d want to know. But, what if you were looking for stuff a bit closer to home and something much intricate and detailed?”

Quartz: In a year of data breaches, India’s massive biometric programme finally found legitimacy

Quartz: In a year of data breaches, India’s massive biometric programme finally found legitimacy. “After almost a decade since its launch, India’s controversial biometric identity programme, Aadhaar, finally got a measure of clarity and legitimacy in 2018—but not before a few egregious breaches were exposed.”

The Indian Express: Google now ready to give public ‘flood alerts’

The Indian Express: Google now ready to give public ‘flood alerts’. “Tech giant Google is scaling up its learnings from a pilot project in Patna to provide flood alerts in simple text format to people in many parts of the country using sophisticated machine learning techniques. The Union Ministry of Water Resources provides Google with data on river water levels for preparing such public alerts.”

Big setback for WhatsApp, Twitter, Google in India; Centre set to launch crackdown (Zee Business)

Zee Business: Big setback for WhatsApp, Twitter, Google in India; Centre set to launch crackdown. “The government plans to amend the IT rules wherein social media platforms and messaging apps will be required to deploy tools to ‘identify’ and curb unlawful content as well as follow stricter due diligence practices, as per draft amendments. IT ministry officials held a meeting last week with senior executives of Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and other companies to discuss the proposed changes in the Information Technology (IT) rules.”